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Steamer Basket

My favorite items are simple, beautiful, and functional…all of which apply to this basket.

“When we found this steamer basket we each thought, wow, cool basket, what is it for and then each of us came up with a variety of things to do with it: holding papers, fruit basket, beautiful object for the shelf, steaming food etc. Technically it is designed for steaming food by placing it in a pot with a small amount of water underneath, just as one would with any steamer. It is also nice for serving tempura with a small white paper between the basket and the tempura. We can think of a 100 ways to use this basket and are certain you will too. At the end of the day it is a beautiful object that takes on many applications.”
-Alisa Grifo, founder Kiosk

Materials: Bamboo

$45.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $45.00
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Birthday Cake Mould

I like the idea of this ‘happy birthday’ cake mold, though I guess you’d have to leave off the frosting?

This food grade silicon mould creates the cake that says it all. Non-stick silicone bakeware. Oven safe to 570 degrees C. Dishwasher safe. Microwave safe. Freezer safe.

Designer: Sam & Jude
Dimensions: 8.5″dia x 2.16″H

$35.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $35.00
Availability: Buy Birthday Cake Mould here

Hola Ola No 1

This looks like such a handy thing to put all sorts of food stuffs in.

A pre-molded soft silicone pot, 2″ wide and 3.5″ high (50 x 87 mm) that you squeeze, it opens, you fill it, you release the pressure, it closes. You need it? Squeeze it, it opens, a little shake and it pours, release it and it closes again. So smart.

Colors: Black, Lilac, Transparent – sold out, White, Yellow

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.00
Availability: Buy Hola Ola No 1 here

Keru Keru

I’m not one to claim I know my way around the kitchen, but I can honestly say that this looks to be pretty handy.

Just transfer your liquids into the bottle, a flick of the wrist has the liquid in the cap and you are perfectly positioned to transfer perfect amounts into what ever you are cooking up. Whether it’s hot or cold, they work like a charm and because they are glass and silicone, they love your dishwasher and exit in pristine condition…

Colors: Soy Brown, Chili Red, Kalamata Olive, Milky White

$20.00, Buy it here.

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Price: $20.00
Availability: Buy Keru Keru here

Scanwood’s 11 Beechwood Kitchen Tools

11 kitchen tools for 55 bucks…seems like a good deal to me.

Scanwood designs simple, strong everyday living products with an instantly recognizable Scandanavian aesthetic. In business since 1919, it cuts products from renewable wood resources such as the beechwood used here. These 11 essential kitchen tools light and durable…and gorgeous: spatula, stirrer, tongs, perforated spoon, stirrer spoon, scraping spoon and two salad sets (small and large).

$55.00, Buy it here.

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No longer available.

Pasta and Parmesan Tool

If you eat pasta often, this might just make the task a little more streamlined.

Sagaform’s latest piece of Scandinavian design is a simple device which combines three kitchen tools in one. First, the handle end of the tool can be used for measuring out portions pasts, secondly the “fork” end of the tool is used to pick up your pasta and sauce, and finally you can grate your parmesan using the built-in grater. Simple and functional, another great-value item from Sagaform.

Buy it here.

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Price: $16.00
Availability: Buy Pasta and Parmesan Tool here

Prepara’s Herb Savor

This has been on my list of things to post for weeks; the quick demise of some recently purchased herbs reminded me of it again.

Herbs last longer—up to three weeks–with this slim yet roomy storage case. Simply place your freshly cut herbs or asparagus stems in the removable stainless steel herb basket. Fill the base with water, and slightly submerge the ends in the water well. Prolongs their life while showcasing their natural beauty. Whether basil or mint, the perfect gift for any cook or cocktail mixologist.

Size: 11.25″t x 5.5″w x 2.75″d
Buy it here.

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Price: $34.00
Availability: Buy Prepara’s Herb Savor here

Flexible Measuring Cups

This is an excellent improvement on measuring cups and the price seems entirely reasonable.

Made of translucent silicone, these nested measuring cups allow you to form a spout anywhere along the flexible rims for precise pouring. The textured surfaces provide a secure grip, and two clear measurement windows allow you to view the contents. The large size may also be used as a mixing bowl. Microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Set of three. Capacity: one, two, and four cups.

Designer: Ken LeVan, 2008
Size: Smallest: 4.5h x 2.75″diam; Largest: 6.75h x 4″ diam.

$23.40 Members, Buy it here.

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Price: $26.00
Availability: Buy Flexible Measuring Cups here

Witches’ Kitchen

Hmm…does anyone else find the set of ‘extra hands’ to be a little bit creepy?

This extensive collection of kitchenware was inspired by the witches and wizards of Western lore. Originally designed by Tord Boontje, each piece was then handcrafted by artisans in one of three South American countries: Colombian artisans hand-molded the black ceramic cookware, Guatemalan craftsmen handcarved the wooden kitchen utensils, and Brazil’s Coopa-Roca women’s cooperative hand-sewed the kitchen couture. Infused with a strong sense of local tradition, this collaborative effort in sustainable design succeeds in preserving the folkloric nature of witchery… without, of course, any of the lingering stigma.

Saucepan & Lid/Bowl: $239.00
Casserole & Lid/Bowl: $369.00
Extra Hands: $329.00
Set of 6 Assorted Utensils: $769

Buy it here.

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Price: $239.00
Availability: Buy Witches’ Kitchen here

Jasper Morrison Kitchen Utensil Set

If a kitchen utensil set can be described as lovely, then this one is.

…his design for his 5-piece Kitchen Utensil Set culminates with different thickness along the laminated handle and has a modern catering feel. Beautiful and highly functional, the set comprises ladle, spoon,fork,spatula and skimmer, in a choice of satin or polished stainless steel.

[via Remodelista]

Purchase Information:

Price: $115.00
Availability: Buy Jasper Morrison Kitchen Utensil Set here

Folding Colander

Space-saving kitchen gadgets are always a smart idea.

“Over 100 prototypes were made before the Folding Colander was finally perfected… but, given its space-saving capacities, it was well worth the wait! 12 polypropylene living hinges are incorporated in the design so that, when you put it away, it can be folded completely flat for easy storage. Looks like practice does make perfect after all…”

Flatt: 16.5″W x 12.75″L x 0.5″H
Folded: 10.5″W x 8.75″L x 5.5″H

Materials: Polypropylene

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Price: $29.00
Availability: Buy Folding Colander here

Stick in a Box

While this looks to be very useful, and quite clever considering the shape of both ends, I can’t help but think of chimpanzees using a simple stick to get ants out of a log. It’s much more civilized, of course. The title is what threw me into chimp thoughts.

“This beautiful, functional tool comes in a transparent box featuring a typographic wordplay in black lettering along with suggestions for use. STIR POT – FLIP STEAK – SCOOP JAR – SLICE CAKE – BUTTER TOAST – CHECK SAUCE – SCRAPE BOTTOM – STOP DOOR – SCRATCH BACK – FEEL GOOD. It’s uses are limited only by your imagination.”

[posted by katie]

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No longer available.

S-XL Cake Mold

Have a little slice of genius with your cake. This silicone 11.8″ Cake Mold ‘pre-shapes’ any cake into 15 separate pieces, in a variation of ‘sizes’. From Small, to Extra Large. Also, I love how it really looks like an extruded 3D pie chart.

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Price: $33.00
Availability: Buy S-XL Cake Mold here

Spoontulas (set of 3)

Anyone who has spent time in a kitchen can appreciate the combination of spoon and spatula in one. Smart.

“As their name implies, these utensils combine a spoon and a spatula in a very unique and useful form. They’re made from solid bamboo, which makes them not only beautiful, but also extremely durable.”

100% organically-grown bamboo, natural food-safe wood oil

13″ long

Sold as a set of three.

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Price: $18.00
Availability: Buy Spoontulas (set of 3) here

Small Pestle and Mortar by Sagaform

This looks to be more of a sculpture than a mere kitchen accessory.

“Sagaform is a Swedish company that makes clean, well designed products that are good looking, practical and affordable. This clever small pestle (made from ceramic) and mortar allow for the even crushing of small amounts of spices…”

4.74″ wide x 2″ tall

Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Availability: Buy Small Pestle and Mortar by Sagaform here